Government & Policy

value-based care
By Beth Jones Sanborn 01:03 pm November 13, 2017
Only seven states have little to no activity around value-based payment models, a study by Change Healthcare found.

Former Eli Lilly exec Alex Azar previously served as HHS deputy secretary under President George W. Bush. Credit: YouTube

By Bill Siwicki 12:30 pm November 13, 2017
The president has selected Alex Azar, a George W. Bush Administration alum, to kick-start Obamacare repeal, lower drug prices and further deregulation.  
VA EHR plans
By Jessica Davis 02:28 pm November 10, 2017
VA Secretary Shulkin said the agency plans to replicate the DoD EHR to create a single common system that will be implemented in 48 phases over the next 10 years.
VA telehealth

The VA Provider Accountability Act would prevent medical providers with disciplinary actions on their record from crossing state lines to keep practicing medicine.

By Jessica Davis 01:22 pm November 09, 2017
On heels of a USA Today report that found VA pushed aside firing orders in secret settlement deals, the proposed legislation would prevent disciplined medical providers from crossing state lines to keep practicing.
UDI on Medicare forms

Sen. Chuck Grassley on the Senate floor Nov. 1. Credit: C-span

By Jessica Davis 12:41 pm November 09, 2017
Sens. Chuck Grassley and Elizabeth Warren are giving the agency until Dec. 1 to decide whether CMS will follow OIG recommendations to ensure UDI is included on Medicare claim forms.
Eli Lilly exec Alex Azar as HHS Secretary

Former Eli Lilly exec Alex Azar previously served as HHS deputy secretary under President George W. Bush. Credit: YouTube

By Tom Sullivan 12:05 pm November 09, 2017
Azar previously served as deputy secretary at Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.
ONC contest winners
By Mike Miliard 02:42 pm November 08, 2017
Vynca, PIC-SURE and Information Softworks emerge from a crowded field with new strategies for probabilistic record matching.
VA telehealth

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo by Dwight Burdette, Wikimedia Commons 

By Jessica Davis 01:46 pm November 08, 2017
The bipartisan legislation -- which received broad support from Congress and trade groups -- will let VA providers in good standing practice telehealth regardless of the patient’s location.
MACRA final rule
By Mike Miliard 01:46 pm November 03, 2017
While doctors can use either 2014 or 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology, CMS is giving a 10 percent bonus to those practices using only 2015 edition CEHRT.
VA EHR
By Jessica Davis 12:39 pm November 03, 2017
Senate, House propose bills for congressional oversight of VA’s Cerner project, would require reports of any major cost increase, loss of health data, delay or privacy breach.

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